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4.0 out of 5 stars more recommended Lutoslawski from naxos, 19 Nov 2013
This review is from: Lutosawski - Symphony No. 2, etc (Audio CD)
as a fan of "this most approachable of 20th Century giants" (the Rough Guide to Classical Music) - this collection of Witold Lutoslawski works recorded in the 1990s by Antoni Wit + his fellow Polish cohorts offers fine recorded sound, detailed booklet notes on the composer together with a history of each work here , along with vital perceptive performances.

the works :
Symphony no.2,
Little Suite,
Symphonic Variations
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

the enigmatic symphony No.2 offers "hesitant" than "direct" music in its two movements that still to me intrigues rather than gives genuine emotive pleasure.
the "Little suite" is strongly reminiscent of as a minature version of the composers (as well as Bartok's) own Concerto for Orchestra, is set in 4 short movements. the "Symphonic Variations" again gives direct pleasure with its tonal interwoven structures in music that many will enjoy + recognise as heir to Bartok , late Penderecki say. final work - the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is later Lutoslawski with spare piano writing + bouts of occasional dissonant orchestral writing and deserves to be better known. Paul Crossely with Pekka Salonen on sony is a key alternative version also.

finally - see my other reviews of Wit's naxos series if your curious also. recommended yes - approachable 20th C orchestral music that offers rewarding innovative music that doesn't scare the cat or you. also try to hear the composer himself conducting much of this music for arguably the definitive interpretations though on EMI,but here Wit + cohorts offer perfectly fine performances.
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